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Day 105: False Labor

Update: 212.8 lbs, 45.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 4.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

First of all, the plateau has started to give way a bit. Wednesday I had 7.6 lbs to go, now I’m down to 4.6 left this morning. I know how it works, the weightloss, she’s an evil mistress, and will toss on a couple pounds in the morning, but for today, it’s GREAT to be at 212.anything – I can see the goal line just around the bend!

I’m calling yesterday false labor because there was supposed to be a delivery, but it didn’t happen. All our kids were induced, so we knew when they were coming, and Thursday night the LBS said my new baby would also be delivered on Friday, but I was sent back home from the bicycle hospital saying ‘sorry, not today.’ To his credit, one of the rims was bent, and they couldn’t complete the black wheel build out. I should probably wait until it’s really all done, but…well, ok, here’s a sneak peak of the bike, minus the black wheels and tires that will actually go on there, and the clipless pedals.


So this morning I got on the old Trek comfort bike, rode 10 miles as best as I could and parked it back in the barn when I got back. Faithful old steed. Slow as molasses, but faithful and true.

Off to the aquatic center….Hasta!

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Day 103: Uh Oh, Livestrong Challenge

Update: 214.6 lbs, 43.6 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 6.4 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

Well, yesterday I went and did something that may prove to be a really dumb decision. I signed up for the 70 mile portion of the Portland Livestrong Challenge, with Nick and another friend. This morning the reality of a 70 mile ride in the not too distant future is starting to sink in.

70 miles. That’s like riding to Lincoln City, or way past Portland, or past Eugene. That’s gonna be a big haul. So far, my furthest ride is 24 miles, this past Saturday. It wasn’t too bad, so if I figure just three times that, it doesn’t seem horrible. My best time on my 12 mile loop is an average speed of 15.6 mph, and my time on my 24 mile loop was 14.6 mph, so if we could even keep a 15 mph average for the ride, we’re talking 4.7 hours of riding. Whew. (That’s not whoohoo, either.)

The ride is the weekend of September 29, so that’s 4 months of time to train, and reallly I’ve only been on a bike for about 2 months, with only the past couple weeks on a real (loaner) road bike of any kind. I’m looking forward to getting my bike soon, and putting in some training time to build up for it. Gonna have to do some serious riding to build up the butt, back, leg, shoulder and arm strength, but I think it’s going to be doable. I was considering the 40 mile portion, but I let Nick push my manly limits when he said “yeah, but come September, you’re going to be thinking we should have done the 70 miler.” Ok, I’m in!

So for those who don’t know, the Livestrong Challenge is part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, that raises funds and awareness for cancer patients and research. Part of the ride process for Nick and I is that we are required to raise a minimum of $250 to participate, and if you’d like to get in on the action with a few buckaroos, you can do so. (EDIT* Once again Nick is raising the bar [no pun intended] and we’re upping our goals to $2500. )I’m going to post both of our links because a lot of readers also know Nick. Here are the links:

http://portland07.livestrong.org/nwduffer

and

http://portland07.livestrong.org/nlo

We’d love to raise even more since it’s such a great organization, but whatever comes down will be great! I’m really looking forward to all the benefits of the ‘training’ that we’ll need to do in order to get ready for the ride! Anyone else want to ride along? Just let me know…I’ll get you the link to sign up for the ride!

Hasta!

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Day 102: High Tech Pedometer

Update: 215.6 lbs, 42.6 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 7.4 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

Ok, enough whining…well, at least for a day or two. Points well taken…gotta think long term, and not get thrown off track by a shaky couple days, which is what I want to do…have success in the long term. Anyway, enough of that, onto a cool new tool that might make you drool – (or at least be kind of geeky for some of you.)

I was trying to figure out the best way to ride from Keizer to Woodburn the next time we golfed at the OGA course. I wasn’t sure exactly how far it was, or which route made the most sense, so I started searching when I came across The Gmaps Pedometer, a site that allows you to plot points along a route and then get distance, elevation and other bits of info from your points. By using the Gmaps Pedometer, I could try different routes and adjust my overall mileage for the trip. Turns out, it’s a pretty good clip out to OGA at nearly 20 miles each direction, which may be more than a little warm up for a round of golf at this point.

I did however use it Saturday and Sunday to plot my two rides for the weekend.

The Gmaps tool allows you to save your routes as URLs,

so here’s my Saturday 24 mile ride:
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=958624

and here’s my Sunday 12 mile ride:
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=958619

So there you go. Curious about how far you walked, jogged, ran, rode, or drove? The Gmaps Pedometer site can help you find out!

Hasta!

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Day 97: The Accidental Tour-ist

Update: 215.8 lbs, 42.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 7.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

I got an hour freed up last night and decided to head out to do The Loop on my loaner bike from Nick. Just as I was about to cross Chemawa and head out Windsor Island, I remembered that the Salem Bike Club had a Thursday night ride that did that same loop, but couldn’t remember what time they started, so I looped back to Cummings, and sure enough, a stream of lycra was pulling out of the parking lot, so I hopped in line at the end. Let me just say, where I’ve been cautious about the ‘lycra in public’ issue – there are some others that should actually have more of that concern than myself 🙂

Anyway, I ended up in the middle of the group riding behind a dad and his pre-teen kid who was out for the first time. They were doing about 14 mph so it was a comfortable cruise, not too fast, not too slow. Turns out it was his first time on a road bike, so I just kind of held back a little, in case he needed any help. He was squirrelin’ all over the place, and ended up having a bike light fly off his bike without knowing it, so I turned around and snagged it for him, caught back up to them, and handed it off at the top of the hill.

Last night was the first chance I had to take the Torelli up either of the Ravena hills, and I went up the easier one since I hadn’t done any real climbing on a road bike yet. I’m happy to report that it’s a whole different experience on a light, nimble ‘roadie’ compared to a big old heavy cruiser type rig. Probably my favorite part of the ride was that where I’d normally find myself slowing down, I ended up just wanting to keep pace, so I stayed at a steady speed for the entire ride. Again, nothing too tough, but nice and steady. Next week, if I head out, I may try to get out with some of the quicker guys towards the front and see if I can work a little harder….we’ll see, I’m still a newbie.

Looks like another beauty of a day…hope you get to get out and enjoy it!

Hasta!

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Day 95: Starbucks in 8 Minutes Flat

Update: 215.8 lbs, 42.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 7.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

Short post, I’m waiting to meet with someone here at Starbucks on the Expressway. Meeting at 8:45, and I looked down at my watch before taking off from mid-Keizer and it was 8:37. I thought ‘there’s no way.’ But I gave it my best “team Cinzano is coming to town” effort and made it right at 8:45.

I’m pretty sure if I was in the Durango it would have taken me more than 10 minutes. I even stopped at all signs and obeyed all proper traffic laws. Yes, I’m a little muggy here now in the over warm Starbucks, but what a fun little sprint! (PS – Starbucks reminds me….get your guesses in!)

Hasta!

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Day 94: Of Sunrises and Puppy Dogs

Update: 215.8 lbs, 42.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 7.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

The sun was rising in Keizer this morning right around 5:30 a.m. I normally think it’s rising right about now, at 6:20, when I can see it coming over the top the travel trailer parked in our driveway, but when you get out in the open tule fog fields of Windsor Island Road, you can see it’s actually rising a littler earlier than you thought. Here’s a shot from the ride:


I was out there in the brisk morning air, clear sunny day on the docket, body, soul and mind all working together towards one common goal of getting that bike down the road as quick and steady as I could. And as I looked around and breathed in God’s amazing creation, no one else on the road for probably a mile in either direction, the thought suddenly occured to me – “what in the world am I doing out here so early, I could be in my warm bed sleeping until I have to wake the girls up at 6.” I guess it’s true, getting out on the open road really helps a fella to think some deep thoughts.

Another mile and another revelation. I guess I need to learn the difference between ‘chubby’ and ‘pregnant.’ Yeah, my homeboy, CGS (Chubby German Shepherd – for those who have been glued to the blog) is apparently a homegirl. She was looking a might bit skinnier today as I rode by, and at first I thought it maybe was just the flattering light of the morning glow, but then about a couple hundred feet up the road, in the front yard of the home she protects, was a sign that said “Puppies For Sale.” Now I feel so bad for mocking her chasing abilities….she was really just being part of the circle of life. Sorry there little momma seeta – I’d buy one of your puppies if I didn’t already have one, and if I didn’t think German Shepherds would eat my kids!

So looks like about 3 1/2 weeks till the first Starbucks Challenge guess so far, on June 2. That’s just a tad over 2 lbs per week between now and then to get to there. If I was a betting man, I think that could be optimistic, but pretty doable. Click on the link to the right in the Starbucks Challenge box and get your pick in! I’ve got 50 miles in on Nick’s bike since picking it up Friday night, including a ‘what was I thinking’ ride yesterday on my lunch break, from our office in Keizer/North Salem out to South Salem Cycleworks on Liberty, south of Madrona. That’s a 300 ft climb, they tell me after I get out there, all sweaty and winded. More interviews today, so I can’t wear shorts and get all sweaty…gonna have to save that for later!

Hasta

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Day 89: Mmmmm…..Salsa….

Update: 216.8 lbs, 41.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 8.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

This week has just been eating up my time like crazy! I’m behind on stuff, and really need to get my booty shaking to get it all done! That being said, short post today.

I love salsa, particularly my mother’s secret recipe (email me, and I’ll give it to you.) But usually most kinds are pretty decent. How funny then that when I was at the bike shop this week, the frame that the dealer pointed me to was made by a company called Salsa. At first I thought he was kidding, and then thought, ‘hey, is this because I’m brown dude?’

Even better than the bike being made by Salsa was the fact that the model was called ‘La Raza‘ – for those of you not up to speed on your ‘mexican’ (as some like to call it) La Raza means ‘the race’ – typically meaning the hispanic race, as in Viva La Raza, or essentially, long live the race, or better yet, Brown Power.


I don’t know if I could go around town, as a big brown guy, riding on a bike that screams out ‘La Raza!’ – but I sure did like this bike…well, I liked many bikes, but most of them cost more than my first few cars all put together!

That’s it for me, gotta get to an early meeting!

Hasta La Raza!

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Day 88: Wacky Ride In The Rain

Update: 217.2 lbs, 41.0 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 10 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

First off, Blake had the best rendition of a Bon Jovi tune last night, and it was the least Bon Jovi-esque of all the efforts. I was thinking that Melinda had it wrapped up, but my favorite beat boxer from up north may be getting a foothold in. Shake-n-Blake!

Last night I tried to get out on a ride before the rain came out. I’m contemplating an upgrade to more of a road/touring type of bike from my comfort bike, to get more efficiency from my ride, but that may not happen for a bit, so for now I’m still cranking out the miles on the big-guy’s bike to keep burning calories. Anyway, I said I tried to get out before the rain, but didn’t have a ton of success…I pretty much rode the entire way in the rain, which on it’s own wasn’t too bad, but it was the start of an interesting ride.

It was a poorly planned ride, but I grabbed my Garmin and iPod, threw on a windbreaker, and hit the road. The windbreaker was not really a rain coat, so I was wet clear through pretty early on. Then, about 3 miles in, the battery on the Garmin went out, so I didn’t get to track my info for the night. At about 7 miles, while listening to the wistful sounds of David Wilcox, some knuckleheads blew by, pretty close to the side, screaming out the window. The manly side of me would like to say I’m an unshakeable rock, but it actually did give me a little jar. I keep the volume down on the iPod so I can still hear the road, and cars coming, etc, or else the screaming might not have been quite as loud as a Howard Dean Iowa rally. They sped up to about 70, and I looked down and figured it’d be pretty hard for me to catch up from 11.5 mph to go have a chat with them about manners and safety.

Shortly after the screaming muttonheads incident, right around mile 8, my iPod died, and I had to ride the last 2-3 miles actually listening to nature, and life around me. All in all, still glad to be out riding, and burning some of those sugar cookies off that jumped up on me the other night. Gonna be ugly weather for the next few, so it may have been the last ride for a couple days.

Hasta!

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Day 83: Everyone’s Doin’ It

Update: 217.8 lbs, 40.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 9.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

Real quick this morning, I gotta get on the road and get out of town. I wanted to go for a ride this morning, but after three 12 mile loops in a row, sad to say, too much sore booty to get back on today. Not terrible, just didn’t want to cross over into can’t-sit land…so I decided to go walking instead.

While I was out on my little 3 mile loop, I was amazed at how many people were also out walking, running and biking this morning. I saw at least 5 walkers and another 6 people on bikes. Some in complete workout garb provided by Nike, and other with the more Frumpy Paul-esque look of sweat pants, old windbreaker and hat pulled over nappy-just-woke-up-hair.

Recently my kids pulled me off to a Switchfoot concert, and I’ve been thankful ever since as that has now become some of my favorite workout music. Meant To Live is a great kick off to any ride, and they have tons of songs that help me keep the pace up. Without getting too touchy-feely this morning, one song came across the old shuffle that I’ve listened to a million times already, but made me just kind of stop and think for a few. The song says ‘this is your life, are you who you want to be?’ I can honestly say that on the inside, yes, I’ve been the person I want to be, but finally, from the outside I’m doing something about the person I’d like to be.

I’ve taught on more than one occassion that it’s not the outside that matters as much as the inside, but you might as well put on a fresh coat of paint if you can! I can now personally say that if you’re not who you want to be…you can do something about it. (I’m starting to sound like a Dear Dr. Kristi post here….)

Off to try to squeeze in 18!

Hasta!

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Day 81: New Geeky Toy

Update: 218.8 lbs, 39.4 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 10.6 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

As I mentioned yesterday, I picked up a geeky new toy this weekend as part of the ongoing process to add exercise into my life to help along the weightloss effort. Well, I actually picked up two new things, but I’m not going to put up pictures of me in cycling shorts for y’all — way too much ice cream cone effect going on there – and they’re staying under my regular shorts. Yes, I believe they officially pushed me over into weird, geeky bike rider, but the padded booty makes the 12 mile loop much more enjoyable. And yes Nick, I supported the LBS.

The toy I got was a Garmin Forerunner 201. It’s a wearable combo GPS and workout watch which tracks all the things you’d expect like speed, distance, average speed, lap time, pace, etc. It also has cool functions for biking like altitude and grade so you can know how steep of an incline you’re going up or down. It also tracks calories burned, which I really like, and the GPS part maps out where you’ve been, and can guide you back to a starting spot or any location you input to.

You can also export the trips you take and merge them with Google maps to see where you rode, which is probably useless, but just geeky enough for me that I was sold. Great thing was, I kept watching Craigslist and finally found one for $50, which was about a quarter of what it sold for new. Turns out it the guy didn’t have the data cable, so I’ll have to cough up another $9 to get my data to my computer AND I’m going to have to use a PC to get the data off since they hadn’t built in Mac support yet, but it’ll be fun to play with. It’s an older model, and the new ones support Macs and have other cool features like heart monitor and cadance attachments. If I find it useful, I may upgrade later, but this was a great way to get into one.

Of course, yesterday, when I went up the Son of Ravena (the optional hill right next to Ravena — not as steep, but still really stout, and a little longer) I was working too hard to change the mode over to grade, which I should have done before the climb. I didn’t dare take my hands off the bars to change the mode.

Well, that’s it for the geeky post. I’m sure I’ll post some routes when I get my data cable, but for now I’m just happy to track my basic workout info. Crossed into that 218 area today, so just .6 lbs to the 40 lb milestone…whoohoo! On to 50!

Hasta!